We are continually amazed at the generosity and support we find here on the Peninsula. As we approach our fifth annual Community Day of Thanks, which is a free, complete Thanksgiving dinner served at the Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco on Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for the overwhelming support we are receiving.

This dinner is about community and not just those in need. One hundred percent of the entire event is donated, i.e., food, cash contributions, volunteers to help with everything, folks helping with transportation, cleaning, décor, music, restaurant style serving, all preparation and finally the distribution of packaged meals, leftover food and contributions, which are donated to our local area senior services that help with Meals on Wheels. You can't ask for a better place to share a meal than at a table with your neighbor.

Even with a tough economy, many of this year's donations are overwhelming. And for that, we are all grateful. We would love to have you join us.

Thank you,





Community Day of Thanks coordinators

Thanks to the entire Peninsula community for their support of Red Ribbon Week! Although for many of us it was our first time celebrating Red Ribbon Week, everyone quickly got into the spirit of raising awareness about drug abuse and celebrating a drug-free community by wearing red ribbons and decorating the community with red ribbons, and participating in other activities.

WellSpring Community Network would like to thank the Youth Action Klub (YAK) and Sarah Taylor for spearheading the effort at the Ilwaco Middle/High School, the local Boy Scouts, their parents, and their leaders who helped pass out red ribbons at the homecoming game, Long Beach Coffee Roasters and Lighthouse Realty for letting the ribbon decorating teams work from their locations, donations by Jack's Country Store, Artistic Bouquets, Dollar Wave Plus, Chinook Observer, and to the Long Beach Police department for presenting to our students. We'd like to acknowledge the pledges of support from Ocean Beach School district students, faculty and administration, and declarations of support from the cities of Ilwaco and Long Beach and the Pacific County commissioners. We also want to thank all the local businesses and churches who not only handed out red ribbons, but allowed volunteers to decorate their signs and buildings, all the community members who wore them to raise awareness about drug abuse, and of course, all of our wonderful volunteers.

With the generous support of local businesses and community members, we hope to continue to raise awareness and advocate for a healthy lifestyle for our entire community.

We invite everyone to join us at our monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m., at the county building on Sandridge Road. For volunteer opportunities and information on upcoming events, please call 783-1090.


Executive Team

Rosanne McPhail, Marc Simmons, Eric Cummins, Flint Wright, Katie Lindstrom, Monica Younger

The family of Dale L. Bott would like to express our thanks to the many friends and relatives who came to Dale's graveside service on a rainy day at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle. A special thanks to Pastor Cliff Weimer, who presided and blessed us with his singing. Many thanks to the ladies of Naselle Lutheran Church for the lovely luncheon and all who ate with us and greeted our family at the church. Your prayers, telephone calls, words of encouragement and your flowers and donations were so appreciated. We would also like to thank Ron, Dan and Bob of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea for officiating and transporting.

Marva (Wirkkala) Bott, Allan, Rex and Greg Bott, and Keith and Eric Wirkkala


We want to recognize and thank the nine Naselle High School students who volunteered several days of their time working at the Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle. Thanks goes to Haileigh See, Amber Wirkkala, Seth Scrabeck, Chandler Chapman, Levi Wasmundt and Beau Santijer for the excellent job they did cleaning up headstones and gravesites. The results of their work is very obvious. We appreciate not only the work done, but also the example they set as young volunteers doing community service.

Peaceful Hill Cemetery Association


A special thanks from the Peninsula Senior Center to those who donated baked goods, raffle prizes, and their time and especially thanks to Eric Weigardt for his limited edition print that was won by Anchen Jones of Long Beach.

The Bazaar Committee

Sandy Stewart, Bob Stewart, Sylvie Warren

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